On December 4, 2015, CP Farm was officially opened. Invited guests from USA and Norway were present, and several speeches were given.
Our dear friend Mary Orbeck, whose great grandfather Ove Colwick lived at this place, gave the opening speech.
Representatives from Texas Historical Commission announced that the property has been officially listed in the National Register of Historical Places.
The Municipality of Tysvær was represented by the Head of Culture Ingvar Frøyland, Mayor Sigmund Lier, and CEO Arvid Vallestad. They expressed their appreciation of the work done at CP Farm and contributed to the support of future work by the gift of a check in the amount of NOK 10.000. The Historical Society of Tysvær, represented by its leader Vidar Aarhus, also contributed to CP Farm in the same amount.
The red barn has undergone many modifications, and it is now suitable for a small party to sit down and have a meal.
The construction took place in March 2015, with the exceptional help from our Norwegian friends. We are very satisfied with the result. Later this will also be used for preparing Norwegian traditional food.
During the winter of 2015, a smokehouse was constructed at CP Farm, with the work being completed in March 2015. Adolfo Garcia Construction did a great job. We tested it by smoking some meat in it.
CP Farm looks forward to showing Texans how Norwegians traditionally smoke fish and meat. This cold smoke process means that the food is not cooked after it is smoked.
The smokehouse is built in the old style of stone walls and cedar shingle roof.
Blue skies and fluffy white clouds cannot adequately convey the feeling of digging post-holes in 96 degree heat. But J.C. Jones of Hamilton was a brave soul, and he wanted to see the project to its finish. After Diana Ani Stokely of GRAFIX to go designed the information signs, and they were printed and laminated and mounted on metal sheets, Mr. Jones welded frames to display them to their best advantage. On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, all three signs were installed at the Cleng Peerson Farm.
Even before you enter the property, you can see the Velkommen sign just beyond the gate. It is placed there so that people may inform themselves about the property and find contact data as well. The informational sign briefly describes the property and its significance to the local history of the Norse Community.
The sign at right is installed on the west side of the Cleng Peerson cabin, out of sight if you are photographing the cabin from the front. It is easily seen as you enter the property, and tells a brief history of the cabin, and plans for its preservation.
The third information sign is placed on the east side of the site where the rock house once stood. On the sign itself is a photograph taken of the rock house, and the Colwick family can be seen standing on the long porch which runs north and south. As you read the sign, and look ahead, you can see the remains of that porch, approximately in the same position as is shown in the old photograph. It is hoped that the information sign will help visitors to imagine the rock house as it was when Cleng Peerson made his final days there, in comfort and in company of his friends, the Colwicks.